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Park City Fire District Responds to Multiple Accidents Near Parleys Summit Saturday

Park City Fire District

The Park City Fire District responded to multiple accidents near Parleys Summit during Saturday’s rain storm.


Saturday’s rain not only brought about the cancellation of the Autumn Aloft hot air balloon flights, but also caused several accidents on Interstate 80 near Parleys Summit.


According to the Park City Fire District, three separate vehicle rollovers were responded to before 11am Saturday. Two patients were transported to the hospital in stable condition with minor injuries.


A third accident involved a pickup truck towing a horse trailer. The truck and trailer rolled near the summit. Battalion Chief On Duty Patrick Harwood told KPCW no human injuries were reported, but several of the horses required attention from a veterinarian.


“One horse was pinned under the trailer,” said Harwood. “Three gentlemen were able to lift the trailer up off the horse. I think there were three or four horses that were in that trailer, minor injuries, they were going to require some stitching, but they were upright on their feet and didn’t appear to be in a lot of distress.”


Harwood said all three accidents occurred in the same area of westbound I-80 near Parleys Summit. He said that stretch of road tends to collect water when it rains or snows and reminded everyone to be careful whenever there are wet driving conditions.


“That breakover at the summit tends to be, when it rains or snows, we typically have a lot of action up there,” he said. “People need to slow down in the rain, as well as snow in that area, because without fail we tend to respond over there. You gotta be careful in inclement weather.”


With fall fast approaching, icy conditions could once again become a factor on Utah roads as temperatures are expected to drop in the near future.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.